This is an open continuous announcement. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available. Applications will remain on file until May 19, 2022. Period of Eligibility: For open continuous announcements, the period of eligibility of your application will be 90 days. This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date is June 7, 2021. Additional applications will be referred as needed. Applicant Expiration: Applicants will remain active for 90 days after their initial application is received and/or updated. After that time, you must update your application through your USAJobs account if you would like to be made active again for possible consideration during the open period. The Mental Health Service of the VA North Texas Health Care System values cultural diversity across our staff and training programs. Mental Health Service leaders are deeply committed to fostering an environment that is highly sensitive to and appreciative of all aspects of diversity. Our staff represent a variety of cultural backgrounds, competencies, interests, and theoretical orientations. We believe that increased self-awareness and appreciation for other viewpoints and cultures makes our service stronger and strengthens our ability to provide the highest quality of mental health care. Duties include but are not limited to: Psychologist General Mental Health (GMH) - Location of positions: 1 Fort Worth, 1 Dallas, 1 Grand Prairie The incumbent provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including evidence-based individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, time-limited group therapy. The incumbent administers and interprets a variety of psychological assessment tools. Psychological interviews, testing, and assessment skills are utilized for a variety of patient conditions. He/she is aware of complicating factors such as substance abuse/dependence, medical/neurological conditions, personality, and other psychological functioning factors, including the co-morbidity of substance abuse and psychiatric conditions. The employee uses a variety of modalities to treat mental disorders and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders, including crisis management The incumbent regularly consults with medical center staff regarding various patient care issues. As such it is necessary that the incumbent communicate and interact well with other disciplines and treatment providers The incumbent actively participates in the MH team's performance improvement project(s) aimed at evaluating inefficiencies within the clinic and developing strategies to remedy such issues. The incumbent teaches educational seminars for psychology interns. Psychologist Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI). Location of positions: 3 Fort Worth, 1 Denton PCMHI is a component of the inter-professional Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). The PCMHI role is to provide support for Primary care providers and the rest of the PACT to assure that the mental and behavioral health needs of the primary care population are addressed. Often, this means that PCMHI staff will take the lead in providing mental health care for individuals identified with mental health conditions or in need of assistance making health-related behavioral changes Psychologists working in an integrated care setting have many potential functions. These depend on the goals of the program, the specific makeup of the PCMHI staff and the role of the psychologist. Like other members of the team, their work differs from that of a provider working in general or subspecialty mental health. In PCMHI they are part of a primary care team and function in a consultative as well as direct treatment role. While PCMHI is primarily a population-based approach focusing on uncomplicated mental health conditions commonly encountered in primary care, the addition of a psychologist allows for co-management of more complex conditions when indicated. Given this role, it is critical that any psychologist in PCMHI has a broad base of knowledge, skills and abilities to address the wide variety of mental illnesses that may be encountered in the population. In addition, the psychologist is also a key member of the overall mental health team and serves a critical role in the continuum of care. Any psychologist working in integrated care, whether serving as a clinician, team leader or both, should strive to assure that the four essential elements of collaborative care are included in PCMHI. These elements are not unique to integrated care but apply throughout VA healthcare and include provision of care that is 1) team-driven, 2) population-focused, 3)measurement-guided, and 4) evidence-based. Work Schedule: 8:00a-4:30p, may include occasional evenings or weekends Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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